With the recent loss of a scheduled welterweight title fight between champion Carlos Condit and challenger Brock Larson for the main card of "WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia," a lightweight scrap between Richard Crunkilton (16-2 MMA, 6-1 WEC) and Bart Palszewski (30-11 MMA, 1-0 WEC) is slated for an elevation to co-main event status.
Sources close to the bout today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the pending change.
WEC 39 is scheduled for March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The main card will air live on VERSUS.
Crunkilton debuted professionally in 1999. The 29-year-old won his first nine pro bouts before being derailed by Hermes Franca in his lone UFC appearance at UFC 42 in 2003.
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has since won seven of his past eight bouts. His lone defeat in that stretch was a September 2007 TKO loss to former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough.
Palaszweski has been fighting professionally since 2002. The Extreme Challenge and SuperBrawl veteran gained further exposure during an 8-4 run in the now-defunct IFL.
Palszweski is currently riding a two-fight win streak after a successful WEC debut over Alex Karalexis at WEC 37 in December 2008.
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